New Documentary on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

October 20, 2016 by Sarah Berger

Documentary filmmaker, Stanley Nelson, known for his films, “Freedom Riders” and “Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple,” among many others, is preparing to release a new documentary that explores Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their influential role in American history. “Tell them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities” will be broadcast in 2017 and will tell the stories of current students, alumni, and others tied to HBCUs across the country.

The National Trust is proud to have two Historically Black Colleges and Universities in our portfolio of National Treasures; Morgan State University and Founders Library at Howard University. Additionally, we just named Azikiwe-Nkrumah Hall at Lincoln University to our 2016 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list. Nelson’s documentary will focus on the real human experiences of all those influenced by these historic institutions over the past 150-plus years of their existence. Nelson believes that “to tell this important and complex story, it is essential that our documentary highlights personal accounts, letters, diaries, photographs, and even home movies of the people have lived the HBCU experience.”

You can read more about the upcoming film and watch a sneak peek, here.

The National Trust's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund has awarded $3 million in grants to 33 places preserving Black history.

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